AP: France declares war against al-Qaida

Posted by Kendall Harmon

France has declared war on al-Qaida, and matched its fighting words with a first attack on a base camp of the terror network's North African branch, after the terror network killed a French aid worker it took hostage in April.

The declaration and attack marked a shift in strategy for France, usually discrete about its behind-the-scenes battle against terrorism.

"We are at war with al-Qaida," Prime Minister Francois Fillon said Tuesday, a day after President Nicolas Sarkozy announced the death of 78-year-old hostage Michel Germaneau.

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Posted July 28, 2010 at 8:35 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

1. Old Pilgrim wrote:

Vive la France!

July 28, 10:37 am | [comment link]
2. j.m.c. wrote:

Not so happy.

During the war in ex-Yugoslavia, France was quite trigger-happy and not careful about avoiding civilian installations, and had to be talked down by the U.S. on a number of occasions.  When France goes to war, it can be quite belligerent, and belligerence doesn’t always bring about victory.  They could get major blowback which would be more of a victory for al-Qaida than a loss.

July 28, 10:46 am | [comment link]
3. David Keller wrote:

There was a cartoon in the “New Yorker” recently with the caption “I always wanted to live the American Dream—I just never realized I was going have to move to France to get it.”  #2—While I share your concern, Al-Quida and militant Islam only understand and respond to one thing—violent death. Don’t forget that we had several chances to take out Ben Laden, and failed to do so.  If there is collateral damage opr death, it would be appropriate to blame Al Quida and militants, who are evil and black hearted people.

July 28, 12:27 pm | [comment link]
4. evan miller wrote:

I applaud the French declaration.  The French Army and intelligence services are very good at this sort of thing.

July 28, 12:43 pm | [comment link]
5. Undergroundpewster wrote:

I don’t believe it. This must be a poisson d’avril.

July 28, 1:16 pm | [comment link]
6. stevejax wrote:

only 9 years after the rest of the western world

July 28, 1:55 pm | [comment link]
7. evan miller wrote:

I predict they will be more effective than the rest of the western world, the US, UK and Canada excepted.

July 28, 1:58 pm | [comment link]
8. Bart Hall (Kansas, USA) wrote:

France has been in the thick of this fight for a long time. Back in the ‘04 election it would have been very easy for GW Bush to toss his base some ‘red meat’ by dissing on France.

There’s a reason he did not. France have been covertly with us—and effectively so—for a long time.  France cannot project a lot of power over long distances, but they are very tough customers in a dirty fight, especially in their back yard.

For those of us who read French and follow such things this is unsurprising, old news. The surprising part is that they’ve decided to be much more public about it.

July 28, 4:25 pm | [comment link]
9. Karen B. wrote:

As one involved in humanitarian work in West Africa who had a close friend and colleague killed by terrorists, I’m certainly thankful for an increasingly serious effort by the French, US and local governments in the region, to fight the spread of terrorism across the Sahel.  But I and my colleagues would appreciate prayers for safety.  NGO workers like Michel Germaneau who was killed, and the two Spanish hostages which AQIM are still holding in Mali,  have become quite frequent targets of al Qaeda.  So I and my colleagues are anxious about possible reprisals if AQIM are feeling threatened.

July 28, 4:55 pm | [comment link]
10. Cennydd wrote:

The word was that when the Germans were given a choice as to who they’d rather surrender to near the end of World War 2, they picked the Americans and British rather than the French…...for a very good reason.  French troops can be vicious fighters, and especially when the fight’s in their own back yard.  The Legionnaires have no love for such as al Qaida…..of that you can be certain, and they will meet in mortal combat.  Personally, I wouldn’t give a plug nickel for an al Qaida fighter’s chances of survival.

July 28, 5:45 pm | [comment link]
11. The_Elves wrote:

Many off topic and personal comments removed by elf.

August 3, 1:20 am | [comment link]
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